Between 1932 and 1940, J.M. Frank completely reinvented the vocabulary of decorative arts. Working in Paris, New York and South America, Frank was inspired by neo-classicism, abstract art and primitive art. He sought to create an original style for the thirties, a style whose elegance gained him the patronage of an elite clientele. J.M. Frank's name has come to serve as a reference for collectors. The decorative principles he created are still today the basis for the minimalist style that dominates contemporary decor.
One of France's leading fashion and style specialists, Francois Baudot is a writer and an editorial adviser for Elle and Elle Decor. He is the author of a number of books devoted to fashion and decorative arts, including in Assouline: Compendium of Interior Style, The Allure of Men and, in the Fashion Memoire series Chanel, Chanel Jewelry, Fashion & Surrealism, Fashion Dogs, Jean-Michel Frank, Eileen Gray, Gruau and Yohji Yamamoto.